UNDP – Mauritius (2011-2012)


The Project

The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) requested proposals for the Preparation of standard designs for low and middle-income housing, schools, and other building needs in Mauritius.

The Brief

The project “Removal of Barriers to Energy Efficiency and Energy Conservation in buildings in Mauritius” required development of Standard designs for low and middle-income housing (new and major renovations); and development of Standard designs for targeted non-residential building use (new and major renovations).

The overarching objective in the above endeavour is to implement Energy efficiency and incorporate to the extent possible use of renewable energy in the design of building construction taking into account the climate change dimension.

The Solution

Archineers worked with Sarah Wigglesworth Architects and local firm Pro-Design Engineering on this international award winning competition and project.

The Guidebooks include illustrative examples of design principles that can be adopted to promote energy efficiency and make the most of natural resources, for example; natural ventilation and daylighting. Through discussions and dialogue with the Mauritius client group and the project’s local partners, the design principles and approach embody leading international design and construction practice in the specific area of energy efficiency.

The purpose of the Guidebooks is to define a clear approach that should be followed to deliver buildings that are energy efficient in Mauritius. The Guidebooks explain the key principles behind low energy design that are applicable to all buildings, seeking out methods that protect the dwellings from excessive overheating associated with the solar gains, whilst capturing the prevailing Trade winds to drive natural ventilation to cool the buildings.

Following the logic behind the project, the guidance contained here takes as its starting point the reduction of energy consumption that will enable residential buildings to operate without the need for mechanical systems such as heating, ventilation and air conditioning. The designs are intended to provide comfortable, secure and private accommodation whilst operating in passive mode as much as possible, where no electrical powered, complex building systems are required – saving both operational and capital cost.


Sarah Wigglesworth Architects (www.swarch.co.uk)

Pro-Design Engineering (www.prodesign.mu)

The United Nations Development Programme (www.undp.org)